William Bacon's Letter to Joseph Henry (January 3-4, 1852)

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Letter from William Bacon, a farmer in Massachusetts and observer for the Smithsonian Institution's Meteorological Project, to Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, January 3-4, 1852. In the letter, Bacon complains that, although he has provided the Smithsonian with many detailed meteorological reports, he has never received Smithsonian publications, which he had requested.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Meteorological Project


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2 pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 8, pages 276-277 (Document 166).

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Joseph Henry Papers Volume 8

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January 3-4, 1852

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SIA2012-0433 and SIA2012-0434

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Number of Images: 2 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 7w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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